Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Headed to the heartland

It's time to put my traveling shoes on again.  Tomorrow we leave for Chicago for a couple of nights and then down to the farm to visit our family there.  I'm pretty excited about this trip; I haven't visited the homestead in a couple of years.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, sitting in the gazebo, chatting, knitting, and meeting all my sister in law's porch kitties.  It seems she has turned into a cat woman since I last visited...my kind of woman.

Friday is exciting, also...I'll be meeting Wanda of Exuberant Color, one of my favorite quilt blogs.  Being only an hour away from her home, I shamelessly invited myself to visit.  I have to meet this mystery person who makes some of my favorite quilts!  Her sense of color and design just knocks my socks off.  It will be a bit like going to Mecca.  Also, she has one of those wonderful free arm quilting machines I've told myself I don't need...you can see where this is going, no doubt.

Speaking of Wanda:  I've taken the liberty to copy her blog posting from today to share with you:

I don't know if you read Michele's blog http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/2012/05/praying-for-miracle.html but she is always doing wonderful things for others and now she has a request, looking for a kidney for her sister-in-law.  There must be a match out there somewhere.  Please help spread the word and help heal Becky.

I am a firm believer in the power of people, the kindness of people, and the grace with which so many folks are happy to share in these situations.  Perhaps you will, by chance, know someone who might help.  It's worth a shot.

Talk to you from the road!

PS  Here's a photo of the last gasp on the rug.  I spent one more afternoon working on it and still didn't get a big buzz out of it, so I've ripped it out and have started some cat's paws until I either fall wildly in love with them or not.   


Caroline Dlugy-Hegwer said...

Have a good trip!

Taos Sunflower said...

Thanks, Caroline!

MyMixMix said...

Bon Voyage and travel well!

Jan Morrison said...

Oh I love your rug! I've been fooling around with cloud drawings from a Tibetan Tanka making book and hooking them would be the best. I WANT TO DO EVERYTHING.
Good luck on your internet diet - mine is blown - I need firm measures!

Betty said...

I read Exuberant Color daily so followed her post about your visit to here. I'm a quilter in Virginia but grew up in Illinois. Your remarks about visiting the farm sounds like mine as I was born and grew up downstate Illinois. Is the farm you will be visiting also in Illinois?
Betty in VA

Taos Sunflower said...

Jan: You have the same problem I do. I want to do all that I do and oh, by the way, I'd love to write, paint, and learn to master my photography skills, to name a few. I wish I could have felt this urgency when I was younger! LOL

Taos Sunflower said...

Hi Betty: Well, we're in Normal this morning, and the farm is just outside Eureka, if you're familiar with that part of the state (NW of Bloomington/Normal). It's my husband's family farm for four generations. Does your family still own their farm in Illinois??